A Hotdish known in other places as a casserole is a type of baked meal that hails from the Mid-West, specifically North Dakota and Minnesota. It generally involves a starch or protein that is baked together with a canned vegetable; this five-bean casserole is the perfect example of a hotdish, consisting of both beans and bacon. This dish will warm you right up and is perfect for get-togethers and family dinners; the only exertion involves operating a can-opener and watching the bacon to keep it from burning! This tasty side is hearty and filling, perfect for colder months.
5 Bean Hotdish
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 1 (15 oz.) can butter beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can lima beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Cook bacon in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Once crispy, set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add diced onion to bacon fat, season with salt and garlic powder, and cook until soft and translucent.
- In a large roasting pot, combine beans, onions, brown sugar, cider vinegar and bacon (crumbled into pieces). Stir well.
- Cover and bake for 80-90 minutes. Stir again and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes.
- Stir well and serve hot.
Recipe adapted from One Good Thing